Rahul Dravid, former Indian cricketer and the current head of the National Cricket Academy, has batted for Twenty20 cricket to become an Olympic sport, adding that he is all for the expansion of the game.
Dravid, who recently participated in the virtual book launch of a new book ‘A New Innings’, hosted by Rajasthan Royals owner Manoj Badale and cricket analyst Simon Hughes, however, added that for cricket to succeed in Olympics, it will need a certain kind of facility.
The legendary Indian batsman gave the example of the recently concluded Indian Premier League, saying that the major reason behind the success of the 13th edition was the qualities of pitches that were on display throughout the season.
“I think it will be great if the T20 format of the game can become an Olympic sport. Obviously, it will come with its challenges. Also, cricket is a game that requires a certain kind of facility for it to be successful,” Rahul Dravid said during the virtual seminar as quoted by ANI.
“We have seen in the just-concluded IPL, the success of IPL was on large part due to the quality of wickets… if you can get all of that right and get the facilities in place then why not. I am certainly for the expansion of the T20 game. If it is possible, cricket should endeavor to try and get into the Olympics,” he added.
Rahul Dravid on why Mumbai Indians have become a title-winning juggernaut
Mumbai Indians recently created history as they became the first IPL franchise to win as many as five titles following their win against the Delhi Capitals in the summit clash on Tuesday.
Mumbai Indians have won three of the last four championships and the gulf between them and the rest of the teams was increasingly evident this past season.
Commenting on why the Rohit Sharma-led franchise has so successful in the past 4-5 years, Rahul Dravid said the prime reason behind MI being such a juggernaut is because they have maintained a really strong core of high-quality senior players, abely backed up young talents.
“I think what they have done really well over the last 4-5 years is that they have maintained a really strong core of really high-quality players and mixed that up with identifying some really good young talented players,” he said.
”….that has really been the key, their ability to maintain a core of very experienced senior players, obviously world-class T20 players, and the critical thing is that then balancing that out with young exciting Indian talent. And they have been able to do that exceptionally well,” Dravid added.